Social Awareness

OFE Guidance Lessons

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Today we are going to talk about social awareness. Last time we said that awareness means to learn about someone or something. But, we have a new word, social. Do you know what social means?

Social just means being around people. So, today we are going to learn something about the people around us. Let me ask you a question. Can we tell what other people are thinking even when we don’t talk to them? How can we tell what someone is feeling?

We can look at someone’s face or body to see how they are feeling. Let me show you. How am I feeling if I do this? (sad face and body language)

I’m sad. What about this? (do this a few more times with excitement, anger and scared) Do we always know how someone is feeling by looking at them? Can we always know EXACTLY how they feel? Hmmm...good question, huh? Now we are going to try something that is going to show us a little bit more about what I am talking about.


Watch Sharing is Caring


Kinder and 1st Grades

Think before you act

Watch "For the Birds"

Kinder Activity

Emotions Charades


  • Cut out each of the emotion cards.
  • Fold up emotion cards and put them in a bowl or on the table for students to choose from.
  • Choose a student or group of students to act out a selected emotions. while the other students guess the emotion.

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is it important to be able to understand facial and body clues?
  • Why is it important to know how other people are feeling?
  • What new emotion have you learned?

1st Grade Activity

THINK Before your Speak Toothpaste

Materials Needed: Travel size toothpaste, plastic knife, paper plate/paper towel, timer

Ask the student to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube onto the plate or paper towel. Time them. After they finish, ask them to put the toothpaste back into the toothpaste tube using the plastic knife. Time them.


  • How difficult was it to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
  • How much longer did it take them to put the toothpaste back into the tube?
  • How is this similar to when someone uses unkind words? It’s quick and easy to say unkind words, but it’s hard and messy to try to take them back.
  • How can this hurt a relationship you have? Talk about how the mess of the toothpaste tube symbolizes how it can ruin a relationship.

2nd and 3rd Grades

Watch The Bad Seed

  • What are some of the reasons the other seeds thought the "Bad Seed" was bad?
  • Did the Bad Seed always have a bad attitude and bad behavior? What happened to him to change his outlook?
  • Was the Bad Seed aware of what others were saying about him? How do you know?
  • Does the Bad Seed's past help you to understand why he behaved as he did? How?
  • How did the Bad Seed's decision to be good change things?
  • Was the Seed good and perfect all the time? How did the efforts affect how he feels?


4th and 5th Grade

The Ripple Effect

Materials needed: Big bowl of water, Several different food colors

Have students gather around a table. Place the bowl of water in the center, and give 4-5 students small bottles of food coloring (they should all have the same color). Explain to the students the the bowl represents the classroom or school community. Ask one students to lightly squeeze 1 drop of food coloring into the water.

Explain that one drop of color represents one kind act. Ask students to look at the food coloring and make inferences about how one kind act affects the school community. The blue drop pretty much stays in one place but it does spread a little bit to the water right around the drop. Ask another student to add a drop on the edge of the blue water from the first drop. Ask students to notice what’s happening with the water now that the second drop has been added. Continue adding one drop at a time on the edge of the blue water.


  • What happened when we had just one kind act in the class?
  • What happened each time there was another kind act?
  • What does this food coloring and water demonstration tell you about our class and school community?

One kind act, or drop of blue, spread to the water right around it. When one person shows kindness, it spreads to the people around him. When those people experience kindness, they spread kindness to others, just like adding another drop of blue to the water. As each person experiences kindness and then in turn shows kindness to others, there’s a ripple effect. This is just like when the drop of blue hit the water and there were ripples in the water, spreading the color to the water close by. Kindness spreads in the same way. As we experience kindness, we want to show others kindness. Then those people want to show others kindness, and the kindness spreads like a ripple through the water!